EARTHQUAKE!! a punishment or a reminder?

Pakistan, AfghaUntitled-1nistan and some areas of India recently got hit by a massive earthquake of magnitude 7.5 with a depth of 196 km killing almost 260 people in Pakistan. According to authorities in KP province alone, 179 people died while 1,800 were injured. Though the magnitude was quite high but with a depth of 196km the loss was not much as compared to the earthquake of 2005 with depth 15km.

This loss of property, as well as lives, welcomed a lot of hustle and bustle on social media regarding whether it was just mother nature playing its part or was it a reminder and punishment for the sinners?

With others cracking some funny jokes while others doing some ludicrous calculations tracking it back to the 2005 earthquake the fact that still remains is that was it really a punishment for us for our bad deeds? Those who died were sinners? Those who survived were saints? Is GOD not being kind? Or it’s just nature keeping check of the population?

With these questions lingering around one thing is for sure that such natural disasters including earthquakes or tsunamis or even hurricanes do  occur for many reasons but which one actually comes up to our logic and understanding of GOD. Those tectonic plates that move under the surface of the earth without the knowledge of the man causing these earthquakes, who might be controlling them but GOD. A man might or might not have a role in all these natural disasters. If we talk about tsunamis it is said that they might occur because of these nuclear testing in the oceans or if earthquakes it occurs because of men sucking out those natural gases out of the earth crust that is holding the earth’s sphere and pressure hence causing an imbalance.

It’s saddening when we see people saying things out of ignorance. When they call such natural disasters “act of GOD” while they are never thankful to HIM for all the good things. While others saying that those who died were sinners, it makes me wonder as if what sin those 12 little girls would have done who died in a stampede in Afghanistan during the earthquake. For those who died, they were meant to die because death will take hold of you anyways. Those who survived and were given a new life should be thankful to HIM and should return to HIM. Others who died while they were committing a sin that surely was a punishment I must say. It’s always HIS way of reminding us that HE is the in charge here and he will test us with our property, our lives, our family and our fears. It is not about we doing sins or “phopo ki beti wearing jeans”.  It’s HIS way of making us come back to HIM and to seek for HIS forgiveness.

Of all the hustle and bustle, one thing we have noticed is that when HE shakes the earth here and there, believe of a man goes straight up and elevates. You will never find such a beautiful trending on twitter daily with so many people seeking for HIS forgiveness all at once. Let’s call it a reminder!!

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